PENSION FILE FOR MOSES TAFT
PUB #: M804
PUB TITLE: Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files
PUBLISHER: NARA
STATE: MA
PENSION #: S.30148

The following Pension files for MOSES TAFT have been transcribed by me, to the best of my ability, however some of the records and handwriting are difficult to read. If you can shed light on any of the missing words or phrases I have missed, please contact me with the information and I will correct it.


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Moses Taft, Service - Mass.
Pension # S.30148
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27233
MASSACHUSETTS
MOSES TAFT of Uxbridge in the State of Mass who was a private in the Company commanded by Captain Seagrave of the _______ commanded by ________ in the Mass. Line for 6 months Private, 1 - Corporal

Inscribed on the Roll of Mass. At the rate of 23 Dollars 67 Cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March, 1834.

Certificate of Pension issued the 10th day of March 1834, and sent to Benjamin Adams, Esq., Uxbridge, Mass

Arrears to the 4th of March 1834 --------$70.91
Semi-annum allowance ending 4 Sept. 1834----$11.83
Total: $82.74

Recorded by George Taylor, Clerk
Book E Vol 2 Page 85

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I Jesse Morse now residing in Douglas in the County of Worcester & Commonwealth of Massachusetts aged seventy five years, testify and say, that I am well acquainted with Moses Taft of Uxbridge in said County and have been ever since we were small boys; and that we were out three short campaigns to gather, in the war of the Revolution. The first time the said Moses Taft & myself went to Providence in the State of Rhode Island & were stationed in the college, I think it was in the year 1776, but am not positive it was that year; & we were then out six weeks in the Company commanded by Capt. Samuel Read. The next time the said Taft was out with me, we went to said Providence & were stationed in the town & to the best of my recollection we were there about six weeks & made a breast-work on the west side of the town, the Officers names I do not remember--- The third time I was out with the said Taft, we went on to the Island of Rhode Island under the command of Capt. Job Knapp we were there a considerable length of time but I cannot determine how long; and further the deponent saith not.

(Signed) Jesse Morse

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
County of Worcester, November 23, 1833 Then personally appeared Jesse Morse & made oath to the truth of the above affidavit by him.

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Subscribed, I further certify that I am acquainted with the said Jesse Morse, the Deponent, that he is a competent witness & that full faith & credit may be given to his testimony.

(Signed) Benjamin Adams, Justice of the Peace

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I, Darius Taft of Uxbridge in the County of Worcester & Commonwealth of Massachusetts aged seventy years, testify & say that Moses Taft is my brother that I was out with him one short campaign, I think in the Company commanded by Capt. Job Knapp we went on to the Island of Rhode Island & to the best of my recollection we were there about six weeks; this was in the war of the Revolution the year I am unable to recollect.

(Signed) Darius Taft

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
County of Worcester, SS November 23, 1833 Then Darius Taft personally appeared & made solemn oath to the truth of the above affidavit by him subscribed: I further certify that I am well acquainted with the said Darius Taft, the Deponent, that he is a competent witness, full faith & credit may be given to his testimony.

(Signed) Benjamin Adams, Justice of the Peace

I John Seagrave of Uxbridge in the County of Worcester & Commonwealth of Massachusetts, aged seventy six years do testify & say that I am well acquainted with Moses Taft of said Uxbridge & have been ever since we were boys. And I remember the said Moses Taft was out with me one month in the war of the Revolution, we went to Little-Compton in the State of Rhode Island, opposite to the Island of Rhode Island, we were in Col. ______ Regiment, in Captain Farrar's Company, the year I am not able to recollect, but it was at the time of Spencer's Expedition, we were __mates during said time of further and deponent saith not.

(Signed) John Seagraves

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts
County of Worcester, SS: November 25, 1835. Then personally appeared John Seagrave & made oath to the of the affidavit by him subscribed on the other side of this paper: I further certify that I am well acquainted with the said John Seagrave that he is a competent witness & that full faith & credit may be given to his testimony.

(Signed) Benjamin Adams, Justice of the Peace

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DECLARATION, in order to secure the benefit of the Act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
County of Worcester, SS

On this twenty sixth day of November in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty three personally appeared in open Court, before Nathaniel Paine, Judge of Probate for the County of Worcester, now sitting Moses Taft, a resident of Uxbridge in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, aged seventy three years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress, passed June 7th 1832.

THAT he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.

(Handwritten Section)
That he was called out seven times during the War of the Revolution, that he went to Providence the first time under the command of Capt. Samuel Read & was stationed in the College & was there six weeks. The second time he went to Providence aforesaid & was stationed in the town, and assisted in making a breastwork & fort on the west side of the town, He was then in the company commanded by Capt. Edward Seagrave, the length of time I was there I am unable to say; but has the belief it was about six weeks. The third time he went to Little Compton in the State of Rhode Island & was in the Company commanded by Capt. McNall, the exact length of time he was there he cannot remember, but thinks it was the longest term he was in. The fourth time, he went again to said Little Compton & was in the Company commanded by Capt. Farrar, this was in the time of Spencer's Expedition, how long he was there he does not remember, but he was there with John Seagrave who has deposed in this case. The fifth time he went on an alarm to Tivertown in the state of Rhode Island-He went as a waiter to Lt. Aaron Taft and was gone from a fortnight to three weeks. The other officers of the Regiment he does not remember their names. The sixth time he went to the Island of Rhode Island & was stationed by the fort, this was after the British had evacuated the Island, but the year he cannot remember; this tour which Darius Taft & Jesse Morse have deposed about. The seventh and last time he went to Tivertown in the state of Rhode Island in the summertime but what year he cannot remember nor the exact length of time he was there, but it was a month or six weeks neither can he remember the names of any of the officers he was under at that time-As he has before stated, he cannot remember the exact length of time he was out except one, but is confident that he was in the service at least seven months in the _____ & from what others have said, it must be longer than seven months. He cannot remember any year he was out as aforesaid; He was born in Uxbridge aforesaid in the year 1760 of which there is a record in said Town's book; He has always lived in said Uxbridge when he was called in to the service as aforesaid, and has always lived from that time to his in ______ in said town of Uxbridge that he turned out & went at each of the times aforesaid voluntarily, man being called for the names of his officers he can not remember any more fortunately then before stated that he never had a written discharge given to him. That he is known to Mr. Amariah Chapin, the Hon. Bezeleel Taft, Hon. Bezeleel Taft, Jr., Joseph Thayer, Esq. & many others who can testify as to his character for veracity & their belief of his service as a soldier of the Revolution.

(Signed) Moses Taft

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Sworn to and subscribed the day aforesaid.

Before Nathaniel Paine, Judge of Probate for the Court of Worcester

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We David A. Grosvenor a Clergyman residing in the town of Uxbridge and Amariah Chapin residing in said town of Uxbridge, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Moses Taft who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration, that we believe him to be seventy three years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides, to have been a soldier of the revolution, and we concur in that opinion.
Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

(Signed) David A. Grosvenor
(Signed) Amariah Chapin

Before Nathaniel Paine, Judge of Probate for the County of Worcester

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above mentioned applicant was a revolutionary soldier, and served as he states. And the court further certifies that it appears to them that David A. Grosvenor who signed the preceding certificate, is a clergyman, resident in the town of Uxbridge and that Amariah Chapin who has also signed the same is a resident in the town of Uxbridge and is a credible person, and that their statement is entitled to credit.

(Signed) Nathaniel Paine, Judge of Probate for the County of Worcester

I Theophilus Wheeler Reg., or Clerk of the Court of Probate do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of Moses Taft for a pension & that Benjamin Adams before whom the annexed affidavits were made, is a Judge of the Probate for the County of Worcester & that his name _______ is genuine.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal of said Court, this 26th day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty three.

(Signed) Theophilus Wheeler, Reg. Of the Court of Probate for the County of Worcester in Massachusetts

Worcester SS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
I the said Theophilus Wheeler Register or Clerk of the said Court of Probate for the said County of Worcester do further certify, that since making my certificate as above written, the further Declaration of Moses Taft claiming a Pension from the United States made on oath, before Benjamin Adams Esquire date 17th February 1854, has been proceeded and is annexed by ribbon under the seal of said Court be me, to the papers in this case, before so annexed.

I further certify that the said Benjamin Adams, is and was on the said 17th of February 1834 a Justice of the Peace for the said county of Worcester, duly commissioned and sworn and that the purporting to be his signature to the said affidavit, made by the said Moses Taft on the said 17th of Feby 1834 is genuine.

In testimony whereof I have ________ my hand and affixed the seal of the said Probate Court this 21st day of February 1834---

(Signed) Theophilus Wheeler, Reg. Of said Court

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Letter Typed

Rev.& 1812 September 9, 1930
Wars Section
MMHF:MLB

Mrs. C.B. Webb
442 Forrest Avenue
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Dear Madam;

You are advised that in the claim for pension of Moses Taft (S.30148), the day and month in which he was born are not shown.

It is suggested that you might obtain the same from the same from the records at Uxbridge, Massachusetts, the place of his birth.

There is no reference, whatever, to wife or children.

For information in regard to date of last payment, and the name of the person paid and possibly the date of the soldier's death, you should apply to the Comptroller General, General Accounting Office, Records Division, this city, citing all of the following data:

Moses Taft, Certificate No. 27233, issued March 10, 1834, rate $23.67 per annum, commenced March 4, 1831, Act June 7, 1832, Massachusetts Agency.

Very truly yours,
E.W. MORGAN
Acting Commissioner

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August 26, 1930

Mrs. C.B. Webb
442 Forrest Avenue
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Dear Madam:

You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S. 30148, that Moses Taft was born in 1760 at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

While residing at Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, he enlisted in 1776 and served seven tours, specific dates not stated, in the Massachusetts troops as follows: six weeks as private in Captain Samuel Read's Company, six weeks as private in Captain Edward Seagrave's Company, one month as corporal in Capt. Job Knapp's Company, about one month as a private in Captain Farrar's Company, Colonel Hawes Regiment and was in Spencer's Expedition to Rhode Island, two or three weeks as waiter to Lieutenant Aaron Taft, one month and about six weeks, both as private, last two services at Tiverton, one of which was in Captain McNall's Company.

He was allowed pension on his application executed November 26, 1833, while a resident of Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, where he had always resided.

It is not stated that soldier was ever married.

The Revolutionary War records of this bureau fail to show a claim for pension on file on account of the services of Abner Taft.

Very truly yours,
E.W. MORGAN
Acting Commissioner

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Moses Taft, whose Declaration in order to secure the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832, which has been sent back to him for amendment & to which this is annexed, further declares, deposeth & saith, that he cannot remember the names of the Colonels under whom he served, that he cannot procure evidence of all the times he served as stated on his said former declaration, that by reason of sick & old age, and the consequent lapse of memory he cannot ____ positively to the precise length of his service; but according to the best of his recollection he served not less than the periods mentioned below & in the following grades: For one month he served as Corporal (it being the time he went on to the Island of Rhode Island) and as a waiter & a private soldier six months and for such service he carries a pension.

(Signed) Moses Taft

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Worcester County, February 17, 1834. Personally appeared before me, the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace in & for said County, Moses Taft, the above named applicant for a pension who being duly sworn deposith & saith that by reason of old age & the consequent Lapse of memory, he cannot ____ positively or to the precise length of his service; but according to the best of his recollection he served no less than the periods mentioned below & in the following grades; For one month as Corporal, and six months as a waiter & private soldier, and for such services he claims a pension.

(Signed) Benjamin Adams, Justice of the Peace

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James L. Edwards Esquire
Commissioner of Pensions
Washington
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Uxbridge, February 27th, 1834

James L. Edwards, Esq.

Sir, enclosed you will find the original papers, together with additional ones, in the case of Moses Taft for a pension, which I hope will be satisfactory. Please to examine them & let me know the result, so soon or your convenience will permit & much oblige

Yours, Very Respectfully,
Benjamin Adams

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Moses Taft
29.179

Private 6 mos.
Corporal 1 mo.

Capt. Seagrave

Benjamin Adams
Uxbridge, Mass

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War Department
Statement showing Services of Moses Taft

(Handwritten section at bottom)
As the applicant does not specify the exact length of service nor year performed-nor name the Officers-it will be necessary for him to ammend his declaration, by making the oath as marked on the other side between braces thus
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Regulations under the Act of June 7, 1832 -Page1
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Regulations under the Act of June 7, 1832 -Page2
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30148
REV'Y INVALID

MOSES TAFT
Private Rev. War
Act June 7th, 1832

Index:--Vol. 2 Page 413

(Right Side)
1930 - Aug. 26 History to Mrs. C.W. Webb

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Letter from Mrs. C.W. Webb - Postmarked Aug. 2, 1930

Pension Commission
Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir,
Will you please __ me the service record of Moses Taft, born 1760. His name appears in the 1840 list of pensioners as residing with Newell Taft of Uxbridge, age 80 years. I believe he died in 1848.

Also have you any record of his father Abner Taft-born 12/28/1736-died 5/30/1809-also a Revolutionary Soldier.

Very truly,
Mrs. C.W. Webb

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Letter from Mrs. C.W. Webb to Veteran's Administration

Veteran's Administration
Bureau of Pensions
Washington, D.C.

Att: E.W. Morgan
Acting Commissioner

Dear Sir,
Your letter of August 26th received-and I refer to fourth paragraph, wherein you state "It is not stated that soldier was ever married".
____ date of 7/25/1930 I received a letter from Secy of Commonwealth of Mass. Stating that Moses Taft born 1760 appears on the 1840..


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cont'd on Page 21
..list of pensioners as residing with Darius Taft of Uxbridge, age 80 years.

According to Uxbridge Vital Statistics, Moses Taft born 9/29/1760 died a widower 12/4/1848, age 88 years.

He was married twice and his son Newell was born 7/28/1804.

Have you any records in your department which ____ give the birth day and month of Moses Taft-born 1760. Rev. War. Pension claim S.30148, or can you tell me to whom to write to get this information.

Very truly,
Mrs. C.W. Webb

(Did the pension of Moses Taft in your records expire in 1848?)